Series 20948
Rich County (Utah). County Clerk Death register

Dates: 1898-1905.

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These records are housed in the Utah State Archives' permanent storage room.

Historical Note

An agency history is available.

Scope and Content

This series contains a register recording deaths from 1898 to 1905. Each entry includes such information as decedent's name, occupation, age, marital status, sex, race, color, residence, date of death, cause of death, and name of informant.

Beginning in 1898, "physicians who attend deceased persons in their last sickness, clergymen who officiate at funerals, justices of the peace who hold inquests, and sextons and undertakers who bury deceased persons" were required to "keep a registry of the name, age, residence, and time of death of such person." Each person registering deaths filed quarterly with the county clerk or the local board of health in the case of incorporated cities. (Revised Statutes of Utah 1898, Title 57, p. 474-475) Despite these requirements, not all deaths were recorded.

In 1905, the state passed a law requiring each county to file a uniform certificate with the State Bureau of Vital Statistics.


Chronological by report date and loosely chronological by year.

Related Records

Death reports from Rich County (Utah). County Clerk, Series 29681, contain many original records that were used to compile entries within this series.

Register of deaths and births from Rich County (Utah). County Clerk, Series 29682, contains records that are identical to ones found in this series as well as some that are not present.

Death certificates from the Office of Vital Records and Statistics, Series 81448, replaced this series as the official death records beginning in 1905.

Custody History

The County Clerk transferred the original records in this series to the State Archives in July 2018.

Additional Forms

This series is available on microfilm.

This series is available online as part of the Utah State Archives Digital Archives.

Copies of these records are located at View Online.

Copies of these records are located at View Online.

Access Restrictions

This series is classified as Public.

Preferred Citation

Cite the Utah State Archives and Records Service, the creating agency name, the series title, and the series number.

Processing Note

This series was processed by M. Call in December 1998. It was reprocessed by Riley K. Mills in August 2018 after the original records were transferred to the State Archives.

Finding Aids

Indexes: The register is preceded by an alphabetical surname index.

Indexing Terms

  • Death--Proof and certification--Rich County (Utah).
  • Rich County (Utah)--Statistics, Vital.

Container List

1 1 1898-1905

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